If you have a genuine interest in pottery and are interested in learning more about the art form, such as how to fire your own vessels, it might be beneficial to have a basic overview of its history and of pottery tools and supplies.
As a medium, glazed stoneware came about once pottery kilns capable of handling hotter temperatures. This was a common practice as far back as 15th century B.C. in China. Later in the country’s history, the ceramics supply material known as porcelain was first introduced during the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from the year 618 A.D. until 906.
An individual piece of pottery can be formed through myriad ways, be it casting and injection molding, or more traditional methods such as shaping by hand or throwing on a pottery wheel. If a certain piece of pottery is crafted by hand, its separate parts are commonly fused together with the help of slip, which is merely the common name for a mixture of water and clay.
Regardless of the pottery tools and supplies used, the goal of firing the object is always to solidify the object in question into a definite and recognizable form, such as a coffee mug or a vessel for holding water. That being said, the kind of tools you use, whether they be Paragon kilns or small kilns that are homemade, will depend directly on what kind of wares you are crafting and what kind of specific features and effects you want those wares to have.
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